The Lees-McRae College Bobcats basketball team battled Queen's University of Charlotte in Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference action Monday evening, falling 72-58. The loss drops the Bobcats record to 5-17, (4-11 CVAC) while the Royals maintain second place in the conference with a 17-6 record, (13-3 CVAC).
The Bobcats scored the first bucket of the game, only to have the Royals answer back and lead for the remainder of the first half. The Royals opened up a 31-19 lead with just over five minutes remaining in the half before the Bobcats clawed their way back into the game. The visitors would use an 11-2 run, with seven points from Henry Williams, over the final five minutes to close to within three and head into recess with the momentum.
The Bobcats sustained their momentum from the first half and tied the score 25 seconds in. The teams traded buckets and the lead until just under the fourteen minute mark of the second half before the depth and experience of the second place Royals prevailed. The Royals established a ten point cushion with ten minutes to play and coasted to victory.
Williams led the Bobcats offensively with 13 points while Aaron Dugger chipped in 12. Stephen Haymer, (pictured top left), also scored in double digits adding 10 and also pulled down a game high seven rebounds.
The Bobcats will return to action Thursday evening when they
travel to CVAC rival Pfeiffer University. The game will be the
Bobcats third of four consecutive road games, and is slated for a
7:30pm tip off.